Women’s group not pleased with Speaker’s return to house
Another group is raising objection to Michael Carrington sitting as Speaker of the House of Assembly while a matter with one of his former clients remains unresolved.
The League of Women of the Barbados Labour Party today threw its support behind Opposition Leader Mia Mottley who has sought to have Carrington recuse himself from further sittings until the Committee of Privileges has made a decision on whether he should be allowed to remain in the chair.
Insisting that leaders must help to set the moral standards in the society over which they preside, the league warned: “When this role is forsaken by leaders, the moral compass of the country is destabilized. When the moral compass of a nation moves, history can be retold to condone anything. Unacceptable becomes acceptable and the last few threads of the social fabric in the society decay.”
The organization contended that while Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has supported Carrington’s decision not to vacate the chair, the matter was one that should not have been seen as an opportunity to affirm political allegiance, but rather to stand as an elder statesman in defence of principles and standards in the country.
The league contended that while Stuart was vocal in backing Carrington, he remained silent on important matters.
“It saddens the women of Barbados that Stuart does not denounce the many and serious acts of violence taking place against women in Barbados. It saddens the women of Barbados that our Prime Minister cannot address hoteliers about the gas woes, that he cannot speak to the doctors and nurses trying their best to keep our health care system turning over, and that he has nothing to say to the thousands of commuters who wait three to four hours for a bus that breaks down,” it said in a statement.
“It bothers the women of Barbados that our country is now at the economic and moral crossroad with a Prime Minister who has not addressed the nation since he came to office in 2013.”